The company said it introduced video calling as it was one of the most requested features among its worldwide user base of over one billion people.
“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post. “And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks.”
Facebook may appear more focused on Messenger, but WhatsApp, which the social network also owns, is still the most popular messaging application in the world. The introduction of free video calling should help cement its position at the top.